2017 Public Nominations are Closed

Thank you to everyone who nominated for the 2017 Cybils Awards. Nominations from the public are now closed for the year. The judges are already at work reading and evaluating all the wonderful books nominated. Finalists will be announced January 1. We are now accepting submissions from authors and publishers through October 25, for books which were missed during the …

Nominate NOW!

The 2017 Cybils nominations are now live! Some quick reminders: First off, be sure to check out our category descriptions. If you don’t know where the book should go, please read through the descriptions to help you decide. If you’re still not quite sure, make your best guess, and we can straighten things out behind the scenes. Take a minute …

It’s Sepember 30th Already?

And you know what that means, don’t you? Only 24 more hours (more or less) until the Cybils nominations open!!  I’m sure you’ve been thinking long and hard over the past few weeks about which books you want to nominate in every category, and you’re going to stay up super late (or get up super early; or maybe you just …

Category Descriptions: Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction takes us to realms of the imagination: places and times and realities where the rules of life may be different than our own and where the impossible and improbable become real. But good science fiction and fantasy does more than that: it asks, “What if?” It makes us think. It holds up a mirror to our own society …

Category Description: Young Adult Fiction

The world as it was and is. Not as it could, or would, or should be. Send the dystopias and space operas, the fairies and angels, the blood-suckers, zombies, and alternate realities to Seculative Fiction. In YA Fiction we are looking for realistic fiction, be it contemporary or historical, funny or mysterious, romantic or adventurous. We want the real world …

Category Description: Junior/Senior High Nonfiction

Novels may get all the glory, but we know that truth is stranger than fiction any day of the week. We’re currently in a golden age of nonfiction. Forget the dry stuff they used to read in school to help with homework–today’s authors understand how important a great nonfiction piece of writing is to both students and teachers, both for …

Category Description: Graphic Novels

From toddlers just learning to read to teenage superhero fans to grown-ups reading manga on the train, it seems like everyone’s reading comics now. And no wonder: some of the most exciting visual storytelling out there is taking place on the cutting edge of the comic world. Using serial artwork to tell the tale, graphic novels cover it all—everything from …

Category Description: Poetry

Poetry is an ever flowing river of words. From words that rhyme, words that shape emotions on all different topics to poetic forms, the Poetry category is home to an uber stew of entries. These books will appeal to the very young, middle grade and/or young adults. Poetry includes nominations of novels in verse. What belongs in Poetry? Consider nominating …

Category Description: Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

This past year has seen another excellent crop of wonderfully inventive speculative fiction books for kids! Along with the expected spells and space rockets and aliens, this is the category for books with talking animals, time-travel, ghosts, and paranormal abilities, and all the other books that might not have obvious magic on every page, and which are set here on Earth, but which push past …

Category Description: Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction

Kids are curious about the world around them and nonfiction is the perfect way to introduce them to that amazing world. History? Biography? Art? Science? Math? Animals? Sports? It’s all here and more besides! We love text and illustrations or photographs that will wow kids and adults alike and topics so fascinating that kids will want to go digging for …